Marcel Mauss: A Centenary Tribute

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Lecturer in Social Anthropology Wendy James, Dr, PhD, Wendy James, Marcel Mauss, N. J. Allen
Berghahn Books, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
"Each of the essays in this volume deals with various facets of his work, and all of them should be read." - American Anthropologist "This book offers a unique insight into the influence of one of the discipline's most important theorists. James and Allen are thoughtful editors . . . their respect produces the best form of criticism in fourteen essays by British, and other European, anthropologists . . . This is intriguing and stimulating reading . . . Mauss's work receives careful attention in this book which is helpful, incisive, and broadly significant to anthropology." - JRAI Marcel Mauss, successor of Emile Durkheim and one-time teacher of Claude Levi-Strauss, continues to inspire social scientists across various disciplines. Only selected texts of Mauss's work have been translated into English, but of these, some, as for instance his "Essay on the Gift," have proved of key significance for the development of anthropology internationally. Wendy James has taught at the University of Khartoum and has research experience in the Sudan and Ethiopia. She is currently Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. After studying classics and medicine N. J. Allen qualified in Social Anthropology at Oxford, undertaking fieldwork in Nepal. He is currently Reader in the Social Anthropology of South Asia at the University of Oxford.
 

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Contents

Wendy James
3
Marcel Mauss
29
W S F Pickering
43
Alexander Gofman
63
Bruno Karsenti
71
Tim Jenkins
83
Alain Testart
97
totality exchange and Islam in
111
liana Silber
134
and power
151
N J Allen
175
Nathan Schlanger
192
Claudine Haroche
213
Wendy James
226
Select Bibliography
249
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Wendy James has taught at the University of Khartoum and has research experience in the Sudan and Ethiopia. She is currently Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford.